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Poster: turnphilup Date: Sep 26, 2011 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Back on the Bus"

I love most of the stories I read here, especially some of the ones about how most of us had "got on the bus" so to speak. The ones about how the music affected us, changed us and then impacted us up to this point in our lives are great little reads to me. I like them mostly for the commonality I see in them among us. They also resonate true to my own life and experiences. It's one of the reason I enjoy coming here. It may have been the road trips we took, the drugs we may have ingested, and great shows or songs we witnessed, all which have left a indelible footprint on who we are today(on me anyway). So, to change things up a little, and since this is a archive of music most of all, I was wondering if any folks here would be so inclined to tell us about "not" a particular show you may have attended, and become hooked, but rather which tape/reel or record of the boys did you hear, that just completely blew you away and made you a true fan all over again? What show did you hear that everything about hearing it was just so perfect, so awe inspiring, that you could not explain it or put it into words to anybody who was not there? It put you on the bus all over again, this time heading over a cliff. Here is mine, I will make it short and sweet.

We were in the mountains in early fall outside of a 1940's home at sundown. Attached to the house there was a large screened in porch and a fire pit was in the yard next to it. We placed a old boom box on the porch and got a fire going. Once everything kicked in, the moon broke free through the treetops. We danced around the fire as if we were possessed shamans. The music resonated around the porch and out into the crisp night air. It sounded as if the band was playing right there in front of us right now. We called it the stage, cause it sure as hell sounded like one on this night. It was one of the most incredible nights of musical enjoyment to me even to this day. Every time I listen to this show, my mind goes back to this time and place. This truly was a mystical experience for lack of a better term. Everything at once came together to create this perfect aural setting for listening to this tape. It was an experience that we could never recreate again, even though we would try many times. I think hearing this show then was actually a more pleasurable time then most of the shows I had attended live. I just could never imagine how anyone who witnessed this, would ever walked out of there the same person again. Here it is, its the late show. This one blows me away every time. Enjoy. This became Dick's Pick 4, but you can see the setlist below. I know why Dick liked it now. Peace


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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 27, 2011 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Back on the Bus'

In 1996 when "Dozin at the Nick" was released, a friend stopped by work and showed me his find at the store. I had no idea this was being released, but we both had been to these shows and listened to my audience tapes over and over (I taped the shows.) We both moved from the states in 1992 and hadn't seen a show since, Brent and Jerry had passed, and now it was time to listen to the crispy soundboards!!!!! I anxiously waited for work to end, we met at my house, poured cold beers, got comfortable, and hit "play" on the CD player. For the next three hours I was transported back to Albany in March of 1990.

I was already on the bus, but that moment was like losing my virginity all over again.

This post was modified by Scrim on 2011-09-28 01:56:19

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 27, 2011 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Back on the Bus'


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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 27, 2011 2:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Back on the Bus'

What a neat story. Sounds like a magical night. I don't have anything that special. I didn't listen to a lot of Dead for many years; after Jerry died, it felt like a kind of closure, and I'd long been off into other things in life, anyway. I had CDs and some DPs and other releases that were special to me, but I wasn't following the post-Dead lineups or buying every latest release, and I'd never been a real tape collector, though I had tapes.

I didn't start listening again, really, until I found out about the archives ... no dancing around the fire, but what I do recall is streaming shows while cooking dinner, and noticing that it just made me ... well, happy and grounded. Not that I was walking around depressed all the time; just that hearing the music felt right and put me in a good mood and all. Coincidentally, the first shows I streamed on the archive were from Fall '72. After that I mainly looked for shows I'd been to, of course ... and then one thing leads to another :-)